Speaking to Collider, Marshall, who has served as a creative voice on all four Indiana Jones films, reiterated that Spielberg won’t be back to direct Indy 5 despite being attached to the project for several years. Instead, Mangold will be saddling up and taking the reigns as the director of Indy’s next adventure.
Confirming the news, Marshall praised the Logan filmmaker as the ideal candidate to helm the project because of “his love of the franchise.”
“I think [James Mangold] also has a relationship with Harrison [Ford]. It was all of the right pieces coming together, at the right time,” the famed producer explained, adding that, “Steven [Spielberg] is staying on as a producer, so we’ve got the best of everything.”
Marshall also revealed that scripting had only “just started” on the fifth instalment of the iconic film series, so very little is currently known about the plot. However, Ford previously hinted that the story would focus on “new developments” in Indy’s life, as well as seeing part of the character’s “history resolved.”
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Indiana Jones is currently scheduled for release on July 29, 2022. Unfortunately, that release date has already been pushed back multiple times, and the possibility of another delay is still present, as Marshall noted how the COVID-19 crisis is likely to impact production.
“We’re looking at the guidelines that are coming slowly, from the health experts and the studios and the different parts of the business, and we’re just trying to incorporate everything, so we can move forward and be safe,” he said. “It’s going to obviously slow things down, so we’re trying to adjust. You won’t see a lot of big crowd scenes, for example, for a while.”
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Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.